the operation christmas child trip

“This has been an amazing trip. I’m really going to hate to come back. I feel like I shouldn’t be having as much fun as I am…you’d think mission trips would be full of tough times and hard moments. Not that its been the easiest thing ever, but its been so much fun. Amazing memories, new friends, and so much growth in my relationship with the lord.

It’s been such an expansive trip, my mind and my perception is so much bigger.
We’ve skied, shopped, toured, handed out boxes, and loved on some kids. I can’t wait to tell you all bout it when I get home!!!
Love you xoxoxo”

she’s a week into her trip over to kosovo with Operation Christmas Child. she’s clearly having the time of her life.  i knew she would.

she attended a course called Jesus and the Qur’an before she left. she learned how amazing the kosovar people are and how much they love america. they’re hospitable people and known for their lavish generosity. i’m fairly certain the shoe boxes their team is delivering were made by families in france.  savannah is able to go in to the schools and hand the boxes to the precious children and share with them about jesus.

i shared earlier how proud i am of savannah and her ever growing world view.

before she and trevor left, trevor’s mom and sister and sweet baby elyse came to say goodbye.  i knew her best girlfriends were going to surprise her and meet us at the airport for what would be a sweet teary goodbye. nothing like a visit from sorority sisters to make an already exciting sweet morning even more so.

surprise!

prayer send off…

she’ll be home friday night & i can hardly wait to hear more stories and, of course , see more pictures!

thank ya’ll for praying for her and the team!

i’ve told her before, i wanna be just like her when i grow up!

December 19, 2012 - 8:41 am

Amy Avery - My heart is so happy for your sweet Savannah and Trevor that they are having such a wonderful time in Kosovo on this mission trip. If I could talk to Savannah myself as a Children’s Minister, I would say to her that that happiness she feels is direcctly given from God. I tell my kiddos that I work with at church that God instills passions through gifts and talents in each of us that come straight from his own heart. When we use our gifts and talents that God gave us to help others we are becoming his hands and his feet. The joy that we feel is his joy and it is in turn a gift. Savannah’s message to you is a realization of God given joy. It is what will continue to drive her in the work that God has called her to. It is AMAZING to see a young person like Savannah realize her call from ABOVE and to see her so excited about the work she is doing! YAY! GO Savannah and Trevor! Can you hear me cheering from Tennessee! This post has made my day!

December 19, 2012 - 8:46 am

Lori H - Savannah is such an inspiration and a credit to her parents! I love hearing about her and the life journey she is on. She will do big things!

December 19, 2012 - 9:29 am

Deidre - What an honor! I know you are so proud. There is just no telling how God will use this in her life. Thanks for sharing.

December 19, 2012 - 10:28 am

Katie - I want to be like her too!
Amazing! I cannot imagine how great that must feel as a mother! Or being able to hand out the occ boxes!
What a mighty God we serve!
Thanks for sharing!

December 19, 2012 - 10:34 am

Diane - I just smiled reading this today! What an adventure, what an opportunity and what an amazing daughter! You and Dan must be so proud, I know so many of us are of Savannah. I can’t wait to see and hear more about her trip.
xoxo

December 19, 2012 - 10:42 am

beth cleary - Compassion is the perfect word for your sweet Savannah..a pure giving heart. Merry christmas!

December 19, 2012 - 10:59 am

simone - So, you made me cry AGAIN!!!! It’s the airport that did it!!! Specifically Savannah & her girls and the photo of her & Dan.

What a wonderful experience for her….my husband has employed a number of Kosovans over the years, they’ve been very good people – he’s helped them in a number of ways outside work & they have never forgotten it. Even when I know they’ve had nothing, they have been generous with our children and full of kindness.

Don’t you think that everyone should do a trip like this, it opens people’s eyes so much. Travel is a wonderful thing.

She is going to have some stories to share over Christmas!! XX

December 19, 2012 - 11:01 am

Rebecca - So proud of your sweet Savannah. What a wonderfully exciting time for her. I know you’re proud too, Paige. I loved this post, and the pictures. Seeing her send off at the airport has me in tears this morning. God is good….

December 19, 2012 - 11:03 am

jennifer - I wanna be her too when I grow up!
So inspirational!

December 19, 2012 - 1:21 pm

chrissi - pure joy!♥

December 19, 2012 - 2:36 pm

Susan - Oh, Paige! How I love this post and the pics….melting this mama’s heart right along with yours! My fav has to be the one of Savannah and Dan….mercy. Continued prayers going her way.
xoxo
Susan

December 19, 2012 - 10:21 pm

tara - tears streaming down my face….
love that her friends sent her off with your guys….
love that she and trevor are on the trip together…..
can’t wait to see more and hear more!

love that her heart and mind have grown and stretched….God is good!

December 19, 2012 - 10:39 pm

Peggy - Oh what a sweet precious heart she has! it is such a blessing to see young adults who love the Lord and so want to share Him with the world!!

December 20, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Jen Pighini - I can only imagine how proud you are of your sweet girl. I hope that I can raise my two girls to have hearts as big as Savannah’s someday! Can’t wait to hear all the details of her amazing trip.

December 20, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Rachael - Hi! I found your blog a couple months ago and have just loved the mixture of fun and serious. You are one of the ones i try to check on every day:) When I heard that your daughter was going to go to Kosovo it made my heart so happy! My husband and I were missionaries there for 8 years. We went there right after the war there ended in 1999. We had just graduated from college and were 9 months into our marriage. We absolutely love the Kosovar people! They are so warm and friendly and your daughter is going to love them so much! We miss our time there a ton! I had been wondering where she was in Kosovo and if it was with a good friend of ours. Then today I saw from the pic of the classroom that it looks like she is!!!!! (the pic is kind of small but if i swinch my eyes just right I think its him!) Her host and his wife are wonderful people…I’m so glad your daughter has this opportunity! Many blessings and Merry Christmas

December 20, 2012 - 8:37 pm

Michele - How do you always know how to make me cry Paige?! So glad to hear Savannah is having the time of her life delivering the OCC boxes. I love what you said about wanting to be just like her when you grow up. I feel the same way! Merry Christmas my friend xoxo

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